White Footed Ants
White-footed ants are very dark in color, typically black. The lower segment of their legs is quite pale, almost white. The light portion of their legs is what gives them their common name “white-footed” ants.
This species of ant is very small. Generally they’re only about 1/8 of an inch in length.
White-footed ants are foragers. They send out workers to find food resources and bring food back to the colony. Like many other types of ants, white-footed ants are highly attracted to sweets. In addition to feeding on sweet foods, they also will eat protein and even other dead insects. White-footed ants can commonly be found foraging along trunks of trees, branches and shrubs.
These ants follow lines, both in and on structures, like the edge of a wall, until they find an opening. White-footed ants commonly get inside the wall voids and follow electrical cables throughout the building. They’re often found in bathrooms and kitchens, anywhere that they can find solid or liquid foods.
An ideal nest site for white-footed ants would be close to both food sources and moisture. It would also offer them protection against weather and the environment, as well as against predators. Typically they make their nests at ground level or above it. They’re very common in various locations throughout home landscapes, including in trees, in loose mulch, in bushes, in leaves or other debris, in attics, and within wall voids. More often than not, white-footed ant nests are found outside, not inside structures or buildings.